Allison Kirkland, Creative Writing Workshop Instru...
A common thread runs through my professional career: I help people tell their stories. I have written grants to support a variety of arts programming, helped choose stories to showcase in a nationally renowned radio series, and advocated for the work of contemporary American classical composers.
Since 2015 I have taught and coached writing, both personal and professional, individually and in workshops throughout the Triangle. I love seeing my students land upon the perfect word, try something new on the page, or begin writing after a long absence– seeing a look that is a mix of wonder and empowerment after expressing themselves clearly.
I work to create a nurturing but rigorous environment in my classes to help stretch the imagination and provide insightful feedback from both me and the other class participants. My private coaching and critique is crafted to provide clients with structure and focus, and give them a roadmap for what can be a very tangled and lengthy process.
I have an MFA in Nonfiction Creative Writing from The New School in New York City. I also hold a degree in English from Duke University and a certificate from the Publishing Institute at the University of Denver.
I teach and coach writing because I believe we need each other’s stories now more than ever, to encourage empathy and understanding and to appreciate our shared humanity. I look forward to working with you.
Creative Writing Workshops for adults – subjects include but are not limited to: creative nonfiction, personal essay, memoir, poetry and art criticism. I have taught at the North Carolina Writers’ Network, Duke University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), The North Carolina Writers’ Network, the Durham County Library and the Seymour Center in Chapel Hill. I am available to visit colleges, libraries, civic centers or book clubs and can tailor classes to fit your needs.
Private Writing Coaching for adults
Other writing services
I also run a monthly series on my website called “Creatives in Conversation” that features local artists of every medium discussing their creative process.